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#LandRoverExperience - Unleash your inner adventurer

"You have got to be kidding me, mister!" That was the first sentence that came out of my mouth when Abel told me to take a left. I had been driving through some pretty patchy roads for less than a kilometre when…

Don't sit on the fence. Take a bold stand.

Is pre-marital sex okay? “It is okay provided the couple are in love and in a deeply committed relationship.” “ As long as they are planning to get married, I guess.” “It is today’s world. After seeing all these We…

Semmelweis' legacy in present day India #SwachhIndia

Ignaz Semmelweis . You have never heard his name. And yet, you and I are probably alive today because of him and his perseverance. Born of Hungarian ancestry, Semmelweis initially joined a law college back in 1837 bef…

Vattayappam / Steamed Rice cake

That my mom is a wonderful cook is pretty much apparent from my 'never shrinking belly'. She has arguably the largest collection of recipes in the district and I honestly don't feel I am exaggerating when I say t…

When opportunity knocks, are you ready for it? #WillYouShave

Like most Indian males, I have experimented with my facial hair a lot – A LOT – over the years. I have oscillated between a long early adult phase of being clean shaven to having an Arabian beard for a few years (mimicking my d…

Speak up for better healthcare within hospitals #AbMontuBolega

Over the last few months, we have all been watching a steady increase in the awareness of keeping our country clean. The Swachh Bharat campaign and the subsequent photo-ops by various ministers trying to out-do each other app…

Year 10 - Happiness is the Path

Godyears begins year 10 this month end. I was still an intern after passing my MBBS when I started this blog back in 2005. I had no idea if I would pass an entrance exam for a postgraduate seat, get into a good college, p…

Tag 5 bloggers, ask their opinions and feed 'at least' 19,000 children for an entire year

Harry Potter and the students of Hogwarts defending the school against Voldemort's army at the end. Team Gandalf staying alive and distracting Sauron long enough for Frodo to complete his mission. Even Ram's army of …

A lot can happen in a month

I have had some crazy months in my life. Some decidedly evil ones too, to be frank. Which is why whenever anything good used to happen to me, I would always be looking over my shoulder, waiting for the "bad stuff" to…

In conversation with Dr Priyanka Naik, author of 'Twists of Fate'

It is always nice to see someone you like succeed in life and watch a long cherished dream come true. Dr Priyanka Naik and I go quite a way back. We have never met in real life but we have been friends on the blogosphere for …

INK 2014: Beyond Boundaries

What happens when you take some of the most creative innovators and artistes, the best thinkers in various fields and the biggest entrepreneurs in the country and put them together in a room over three days?   That, in a …

Quikr  - offering the best of two worlds

Quikr. We Indians are no stranger to this word, are we? We’ve seen the television ads and we’ve noted the online ads. But what is it, really? The 12 categories Widely regarded as India’s most popular online classi…

The Honda Eco-Light effect

I've written about my Honda Brio earlier and how smooth a ride it is. One among the many fun features besides the wonderful i-VTec petrol engine and deceptive spaciousness within is the ECO-LIGHT signal which lights up…

Batman adventures: The Matrikas Mystery

So the owner of this blog thought he could outsmart me. He knows that everything that he receives needs to be screened by me before it can be used at home – you just cannot be careful enough in today’s world.  I would know.  …

The 'Vadde log Vaddi baatein' post

I honestly haven't been to Mumbai a lot. The last time I was there - technically also the first time I was there - I had a pretty good time. I won the award for Best Creative Writing Blog in India , you see. Prreeeety good…

As free as the air

In 1845, a dentist stepped onto the spotlight at the revered Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He wanted to show his medical brethren something unique, something unheard of back then in the field of surgery. He wa…

Bards of the Blogosphere - Week 3 Chapter 9: Epilogue #CelebrateBlogging

Authors note: This is the final chapter of the tale of the Bards of the Blogosphere . You can read the previous chapter here .  “Would you like a balloon, little girl? Which colour would you like?” The vendor asked, pointin…

The Liebster Award tag

Back in the early days of blogging, a common way to escape 'writer's block' was to take up tags. It's been years since I've done one, yet I have to admit that I enjoyed seeing the "tag culture of blogs&q…

Of Man & Dog

No matter how close we are to another person, few human relationships are as free from strife, disagreement, and frustration as is the relationship you have with a good dog. Few human beings …

BardsOfTheBlogosphere Week2 Ch 6 – What lies beneath the surface #CelebrateBlogging

Authors note: This is the sixth chapter of week 2 in the "Game of Blogs" for the team "Bards of the Blogosphere." #CelebrateBlogging To read the previous chapter, click here .      “Okay. You now have m…

#5sentences Thank you note

Earlier this month, I had asked for your help for getting my short story   considered for Indireads Second Short Story   contest. A lot of you were gracious enough to help via social media platforms in sharing the story as wel…

Kalathappam

If you carefully observe the savory dishes showcased in a traditional Onam sadya  or even the traditional Malabar cuisine , you will find an abundant use of easily available local products including coconuts, rice, bananas et…

Whose snake is it anyway?

Eager to share more comical anecdotes here, I had asked my fellow doctors about funny incidents that had occurred during their career that they felt would be worth sharing with the general public. As the responses poured in, I …

How to Write Short Romance...

A Daily Romance asked me if I would be willing to share a few points that I felt were essential to making a good short romantic tale. That did get me thinking... What really goes into making a love story memorable? A lot ob…

Alcohol Withdrawal: Just another thing Kerala is not prepared for post-prohibition

Today, I am going to be focusing on a topic which I predict is going to discussed across the country (and especially in my home state) quite extensively in the days to come, once the new 'alcohol prohibition' law is enfo…